Monday, June 25, 2007

Thanks For Playing, Cristian

Whether it's Cocoon or Awakenings of your favorite other crappy movie, the brief resurgence of Cristian Guzman's career is over. He's out for the year, and is set to have season-ending surgery for a torn thumb ligament.

Felipe Lopez takes over short and Ron Belliard takes second.

It'll be interesting to see if this affects what the Nats decide to do with Belliard at the trading deadline. D'Angelo Jimenez and Bernie Castro are the best IF choices -- and I use 'best' in a comparative sense -- down at Columbus.


  • By now, you know that I like to use Runs Created as a quick proxy for offensive value. To put into context how bad he was in '05 and good this year, he created just 6 fewer runs of offense this year in 301 fewer plate appearances.


    • Man, this team just can't catch a break. I orginially thought we should hold off on trading guys like Young and Cordero, just in case shit happened and we made a wild-card run. But shit ain't gonna happen. We need to sell high on the guys that we can actually get some return on.
      Also, Flores needs to start every time we go against a southpaw. Jesus is a future all-star; Schneider is average/slightly below and wearing down.

      By Blogger Rob B, at 6/25/2007 4:31 PM  

    • i think the Nats should re-sign Belliard and go into it next year with him and Lopez in the middle at this point, unless Bowden can make some magic and get a decent almost-ready prospect there. Belliard can hit and there's nobody in the organization right now pushing him.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/25/2007 4:36 PM  

    • How sad is it when losing Cristian Guzman, even a revivified Cristian Guzman, is what kills your team's season?

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/25/2007 4:51 PM  

    • Oh, man. I really thought that Colome's surgery for butt leprosy was the worse of the two. As I wrote to a chat early in the year, one of the secrets to enjoying a losing team's season is to appreciate the accomplishments of individual players on your team. Guzman was the perfect example- seeing him put up a monster season would have been sweet. You have to feel for the guy, regardless of the size of his paycheck- he was finally earning it.

      By Blogger Positively Half St., at 6/25/2007 5:13 PM  

    • You wouldn't say that about Desmond if you saw him butcher grounders on Saturday night. Granted, he made a tremendous play on a ball hit up the middle but with Dmitri-level defense at first and an ungenerous official scorer, he would have had a FOUR error night easy.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/25/2007 5:43 PM  

    • Is Bowden going to piss on Guzman for being out because of a bad finger like Church's toe?

      Honestly I don't see how this thing could be season-ending.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/25/2007 8:01 PM  

    • Bowden needs to trade Guzman for one or two good prospects, and offer to pay the rest of this season(or until he is activated by the other team). At least that will free up some sallary for next year. I'm unconvinced he will ever be healthy and good in the same season, or at least the gamble is not worth 5 mil.

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/26/2007 8:55 AM  

    • That'd be great, but who's going to take him? Nobody would take him, even if you paid most of his salary, and if you're doing that, you might as well keep him. If he comes back (which he should) and hits like he did last year, trading him would be silly now when he's at his lowest possible value.

      By Blogger Chris Needham, at 6/26/2007 8:56 AM  

    • I have to admit, Guz won me over this year. Given the lack of other viable middle infield options, I hope he comes back healthy for the final year of his deal. By '09, the Nats ought to have an alternate plan to him AND Lopez(maybe).

      By Anonymous Anonymous, at 6/26/2007 9:26 AM  

    • I was at that game in Potomac at Saturday me, you do not want Ian Desmond as your SS. You'd take back Josh Wilson first.

      By Blogger (j)on, at 6/26/2007 10:38 AM  

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